Mark Mortimer in focus

Founding DC Fontana father Mark Mortimer is the subject of a four-page feature in the new issue of ‘Pagan Dawn‘ magazine.

Mortimer is quizzed at length by magazine editor Atreyu Crimmins on a wide range of subjects in what is a fascinating & revealing article in the current Imbolc issue from the Pagan Federation’s popular periodical publication.

The lengthy piece covers a wide range of subjects from what is behind DC songs & videos, the group’s current indie-charts success ‘Pentagram Man’ through to spirituality & a discussion on the fated parallels between rock & roll & paganism plus his punk rock childhood followed by a decision to rebel against a strict religious upbringing…

Pentagram Man at 3 in indie charts!

DC Fontana’s new record ‘Pentagram Man‘ is currently sitting at no 3 in the International Independent Charts.

To download it from the chart’s website & help the DCs’ chart position go here: http://www.independentcharts.org/products-page/africa/pentagram-man/

The group’s ‘DevilAngel’ is also at number 10 in the same chart.

The record is available as a CD-EP (with 6 tracks & an eight-page colour booklet) from this website   or as mp3 downloads from the above site or places like I Tunes, Amazon etc.

There is also a 7″ vinyl released featuring the Don Fardon-sung version of ‘Pentagram Man’ on one  side and ‘DevilAngel’ on the other.

 

Pentagram Man 7″

Copies of DC FONTANA’s ‘Pentagram Man’ 7″ record are now in stock!

The double A sided release features ’60s legend Don Fardon singing a version of the title track on one of the sides with the Louise Turner-sung ‘DevilAngel’ on the other.

Released on Heavy Soul Records (England), the 7″ is available to buy from the group’s webstore here:

 

  1. Regular 7″ http://www.dcfontana.com/shop/product_info.php/cPath/22/products_id/102
  2.  Signed version http://www.dcfontana.com/shop/product_info.php/cPath/22/products_id/103

Don & Mark to open new scooter exhibition

Don Fardon will be joined by DC Fontana’s Mark Mortimer as special guests at the opening of a major scooter exhibition in England tomorrow night (Thurs October 25).

The two will be on hand at the Coventry Transport Museum for the opening of a special exhibition featuring vintage British scooters from the 50s & 60s with Don cutting the ribbon to formally open the event at 7.30pm.

Coventry-born Don has made a return to his singing career during 2012 by performing with the reformed Sorrows & by singing live with DC Fontana to perform material from his globally successful solo career from the late 60s & 70s.

He also features as a guest singer on the group’s just-released ‘Pentagram Man EP’ which is now available.

The two musicians will join civic dignatries & leading scooter experts at the Hales Street museum for the “Scooter Mania Exhibition” which puts thte spotlight on machines manufactured on the British Isles instead of the usual Lambrettas & Vespas.

All the scooters on display were collected by Robin Spalding & include well-known British names such as Triumph, BSA & Raleigh, as well as more obscure manufacturers such as DMW, DKR & Dunkley to offer a unique perspective on this iconic form of personal transport.

As well as the scooters there are eye-catching displays of advertising, fashion & furnishings from the 50s & 60s to create an experience that is both nostalgic & surprising.

Don Fardon said: “I am honoured to be asked to formally open the exhibition with a short speech because Coventry is obviously my home town & the scooter culture has cropped up a lot during my career.

“It’s great that Mark from DC Fontana will also be with me for this & also appropriate considering the support that DC Fontana & myself receive from mods & scooter enthusaists from all over the world.”

DevilAngel – video of the day!

DC Fontana’s ‘DevilAngel’ video from the group’s brand new Pentagram Man EP is Video of The Day & getting great vibes on the Get To The Front website

Great publicity for a great video which was filmed by Dan Evans and directed by Martin Copland-Gray. This is one of THREE new videos that DC Fontana have released to promote the brilliant ‘Pentagram Man EP.’

Pentagram Man EP OUT NOW!!

DC Fontana’s brilliant new record, the ‘Pentagram Man EP‘ is OUT NOW!

Front cover of the new record

Released on DCTone Records, the six-track EP is available as a deluxe CD and as mp3 downloads while a 7″ vinyl will follow shortly later.

Buy the CD format of the EP HERE for a mere £6.00 or you can snap up a special limited edition signed copy of it for £8.00 HERE!

The EP features half a dozen tunes &features a bonus track sung by 60s blue eyed soul legend Don Fardon.

The CD format also includes a foreword written by American rock journalist Jean The Machine and sleeve notes from British psychede3lic shaman, Peter Daltrey, the lead singer & songwroter with Kaleidoscope / Fairfield Parlour, one of the most important psychedelic groups to emerge from the UK during the 1960s.

Indeed the CD booklet is an eight-page full colour affair to compliment the eye-catching CD artwork.

Musically the EP features:

01: Pentagram Man (Mark Mortimer)

02: DevilAngel (Mark Mortimer)

03: What Would It Take? (Tony Russell)

04: Satisfied (Part One) (Scott Riley)

05: Sighed DC (Donald Ross Skinner & Mark Mortimer)

06: Pentagram Man (Don Fardon Vocal Version) (Mark Mortimer)

As usual, the record is produced by Donald Ross Skinner and was recorded mostly in Birmingham but also in London & Liverpool.

It’s a fantastic six-track collection which shows the band REALLY upping their game and moving forward.

What Would It Take?

 

DC Fontana support Aslan October 6

DC Fontana continue the build up to the release of the ‘Pentagram Man EP’ with a major outdoors gig in Birmingham this coming Saturday (October 6) supporting the double-platinum selling Irish rock band Aslan.

The DCs will be on stage in the spacious gardens of the Witton Arms a few yards from Aston Villa’s ground as the main guests of the massive-selling Dublin group who are one of the most popular rock bands to emerge from the Emerald Isle….

You can expect to hear tracks from the new DC Fontana EP plus other brand new tunes alongside select tunes from the much respected debut album ‘Six Against Eight.’

Tickets for the gig are £15 + a booking fee in advance from http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/aslan/10022662 or admission at the gate on the day will be £20.

Doors open at 5pm and The Fallows will warm up early arrivals with a short set.

DC Fontana will be on stage after 7.30pm followed by the Irish hit-makers who will be playing material from their recent album “Nudie Books & Frenchies” as well as their hits spanning their career from the mid 1980s.

The Pentagram Man EP Cometh…

DC Fontana are delighted to announced their brilliant new six-track EP, ‘Pentagram Man‘ will be released on October 19, 2012.

And to coincide with the date the group will be in London to play the first of a few quirky release parties.

The six tracker will be unleashed on the world as a CD & mp3 downloads release on October 19 via DCTone Records and Heavy Soul Records are also expected to release a 7″ vinyl around the same time.

The London release event is being held -bizarrely!- inside a vintage clothes shop in Shoreditch with a raft of special guests to be announced very soon.

London-based Trees And The Slipway have already been confirmed as the supprt band for the night at Paper Dress Vintage and as always with DC Fontana, expect further surprises and delightful additions to what should be a brilliant night out.

A second release party is likely to go ahead in Manchester in October.

The Pentagram Man EP

The record itself is once again produced by Donald Ross Skinner and features six sizzling tunes. The full track listing of the EP is:

01: Pentagram Man (Mark Mortimer)

02: DevilAngel (Mark Mortimer)

03: What Would It Take? (Tony Russell)

04: Satisfied (Part One) (Scott Riley)

05: Sighed DC (Donald Skinner & Mark Mortimer)

06: Pentagram Man (Don Fardon Vocal Version) (Mark Mortimer)

The CD is already available for PRE ORDER from the group’s webstore here at a specially reduced fee and a highly-collectable signed version is also on offer.

Sixties blue-eyed psychedelic soul legend Don Fardon is the guest vocalist on track six, making the record even more collecatable and sleeve notes were written by shamanic singer-songwriter Peter Daltrey (of Kaleidoscope & Fairfield Parlour) while the CD booklet also features an introduction from Americ-based Jean The Machine.

Don Fardon

The Heavy Soul 7″ vinyl release will feature the Don Fardon version of the title track together with the über-cool ‘DevilAngel’ and a second 7″ is set to be released by Teen Sound Records from Rome in Italy featuring the Louise Turner sung version of ‘Pentagram Man’ nearer to Yule and Christmas.

The new record is supported by THREE brand new videos by the band covering all six tunes.

Watch this space for more information on the release and the release parties!

The Rev. Delirium

Peter Daltrey pens new sleeve notes!

DC Fontana are proud & honoured to reveal that seminal British psychedelic shaman Peter Daltrey of Kaleidoscope / Fairfield Parlour has written the sleeve notes to the group’s forthcoming ‘Pentagram Man EP.’

Peter, whose majestic music is

of fundamental importance to the psych & folk-rock scenes of the UK, enjoyed seeing the DCs perform in Gijón, Spain recently & wrote a beautiful article about their delicious new six-track release which left him to declare “I’m blown away.”
See Kaleidoscope here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee9w_7UYeiM&feature=related

Founding member & bass player Mark Mortimer said: “It’s magic to have Peter involved: he’s a real musical hero of mine, a sonic magus & we’re delighted that he really ‘gets’ what we’re trying to achieve with our new music.

“To me Peter’s songs are up there with the likes of those from Syd Barrett, John & Paul, Ray Davies & all the other heavyweight “names” that people often reel off as being exponents of quintessential English psychedelia.

Peter Daltrey of Kaleidoscope

“After having the amazing Julie Driscoll (now called Tippetts) & her husband Keith write the notes for our French & Italian sung record ‘La Contessa’ & gigging with Don Fardon it’s a blast to discover people whose music we admire seem to really like what we’re about.

“To me this qualifies as a degree of “success” & everyone in the group is thrilled at the reaction we’re getting to our new material.”

The news comes at a buzzing time with lots of exciting stuff happening behind the scenes for the DCs. Watch this space!